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Bobby Allen Strawbridge, 69

LEBANON -- A funeral service is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Strawbridge, 69, of the Brush Creek Community.
Born June 26, 1942 in Baldwyn, MS. to the late U. L. Bill Strawbridge and Alene Strawbridge Russell, he died Oct. 29, 2011 at his High Point Ranch in Brush Creek.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the service.
He was a 1961 graduate of Groveland High School, Groveland, FL.
He is retired from the State of Florida, Division of Fruit and Vegetable Inspection, where he worked 37 years. He was a member of the Bay Lake Baptist Church in Groveland, Fla.
He was a member of the Florida FFA Alumni Assoc., Florida Cattlemens Assoc., Lake Co. Cattlemens Assoc., North American Limousin Foundation, Fla. Limousin Assoc., Tennessee Limousin Breeders Assoc., Smith Co. TN. Cattlemans Assoc., Southeastern Pinzgauer Assoc.
He raised Limousin cattle and ran a horse/dog rescue at his ranch.
Mr. Strawbridge was an avid gardener, fisherman, model car collector and a Florida Gator fan.
He is preceded in death by his parents and by brothers Billy Wayne Strawbridge and Roger Dale Strawbridge and sister Pamela Strawbridge Hamblin.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years Karen Bolin Strawbridge; mother Audry Williams Strawbridge, Pontotoc, MS; children William (Bill) Strawbridge, Christopher Hood and Robin Strawbridge -- all of Brush Creek; Patrick Strawbridge and Wes Hayton and Susan Allan -- all of Lebanon; and Renda (Richard) Howell of Clermont, FL;
Also surviving are three sisters, a brother, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Bobby has requested in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to his wife Karen, to continue his wild mustang rescue efforts.
Donations can be sent to 184 Rural Academy Lane, Brush Creek, 38547.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Fred "Sonny" Jones

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 12 Noon Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Jones, of Lebanon.
A retired veteran of the US Navy, Special Forces, he died Saturday Oct. 29, 2011 at his residence.
Mr. Jones was a member of VFW, DAV, and the American Legion.
The family will be receiving friends Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the service.
Brother Dennis Waynick and Brother Fred Jones III, will conduct the funeral. Interment in the Nashville National Cemetery.
Survivors include: his wife of 17 years Debbie Hodge Jones; children Barbara "Bobbie" (Walter) Rodgers, Fred "Dee" (Barbara Ann) Jones, Cayce (Charlotte) Jones; step-children Jason (Crissie) Holder and Trent Dyer.
Also surviving are grandchildren Fred "Doug" Jones, DeeAnn Cochran, Walter "Shane" Rodgers, Jeremy Rodgers, Jordan Prichard, Jacob Lane, Chelsea Holder and Allisah Holder; six great-grandchildren: siblings Marie (James) Hall, Elaine (Bill) Malone, Barbara Jones and Donna Jones; Bobby (Elsie) Jones and Raymond (Diane) Jones.
He is preceded in death by first wife Barbara N. Jones, and parents Fred and Ruby Byrd Jones Sr.
Pallbearers: Trent Dyer, Jason Holder, Jeremy Rodgers, Shane Rodgers, Glenn Williams and Fuzzy South.
Special Thank you to Donelson Home Health, Joe Trombley, The Breakfast Crew at Elaine's Restaurant and staff on 2 North at UMC, and Special Angels Mary Frances, Dusty, and Karen.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Joseph Jasenovic, 91

MT. JULIET -- A memorial service will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Jasenovic, 91, of Hermitage.
Mr. Jasenovic died Oct. 29, 2011 after a short illness and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Born in Croatia, he escaped communism in 1952 and moved to Canada where he lived and worked until 1977. He then moved to the United States where he retired from Nortel in 1989 after 35 years.
Services will be conducted by with Chaplain Nanette Mathe.
Survivors include: his wife of 49 years Carmelle Poirier Jasenovic; sons Darko (Fern Shaw) Jasenovic of Signal Hill, CA; Ivan (Debbie Glave) Jasenovic of Queensland, Australia; Alan (Kathleen Nishikawa) Jasenovic of Wanship, UT and Michel (Sheri Sanders) Jasenovic of Murfreesboro.
Also surviving are grandchildren Jean-Sebastien Jasenovic, Dahlia Pattington Jasenovic, Joakim and Ellis Jasenovic and Emma and Simon Jasenovic as well as five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Jasenovic was preceded in death by his parents Antun and Marija Nemet Jasenovic.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Alive Hospice Inc., 1718 Patterson St., Nashville 37203.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615)773-2663. Obit Line (615)641-2663,

June Cumby, 65

HENDERSONVILLE -- Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 1 at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville for Ms. Cumby, 65, of Hendersonville.
She died Oct. 30, 2011.
Services were conducted by Mike McClanahan.
Survivors include: sisters Myrna (Hollace) McKinley of Mt. Juliet and Lana Randall of Trussville, AL.
She was the daughter of the late John Howard and Norah Creel Cumby.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the staff of the Oncology wing at St. Thomas Hospital and Alive Hospice.
Memorials may be made to "Rein in Cancer", June Cumby Wing, 13181 U.S. Hwy 177, Byars, OK 74831.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

Katherine Sutton, 86

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Nov. 1 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Sutton, 86.
Widow of former Lebanon High principal Barry Sutton, she died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 in Smith County.
Mrs. Sutton was a member of College Hills Church of Christ and was retired from the State of Tennessee's Department of Employment Security.
Services were conducted by Dr. Larry Locke. Interment was in the Gordonsville Cemetery.
Survivors include: step-daughters Peggy Angel Blackburn and Nancy Sutton (John) Bsaggio; brother Leon Jack (Ann) Overstreet; step-grandchildren Angela Bates, Kenneth (Laura) Blackburn and Jennifer (Joey) Lloyd; nine step great grandchildren; nephews Jack (Darci) Overstreet, Clark (Donna) Overstreet and David (Suzanne) Overstreet; sisters-in-law Mildred Martin Overstreet Ulrich and her daughters, Linda Overstreet, Donna (Joe) Medine and Cindy (Paul) Tetreault; Betty Overstreet and her children, Pixie Morgan, John (Sally) Overstreet, Judy & Richard Overstreet; Marian Overstreet McKay and her daughters, Amy (Henry) Behr and Dana Overstreet, Wanda Strong Overstreet Huberts, Bobbie Jones, Robbie and Michael Overstreet; niece Nancy Mullins Omer and several great nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, John Butler & Edna Thurman Overstreet; spouses Lynn Spivey, N.L. Angel Jr. and Barry Sutton; brothers Robert Glenn Overstreet, Joe Frank Overstreet, Kenneth Wise Overstreet and Kelly Thurman Overstreet.
Family and friends served as pallbearers. Honorary: Tuesday Ladies Bible Study of College Hills Church of Christ and The Birthday Club.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Suttons memory to the College Hills Church of Christ.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.

Kenneth V. Broadhead, 82

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 1 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Broadhead, 82, of Mt. Juliet.
Born in Yorkshire, England and schooled in Drumnalockin, Scotland, he died Oct. 28, 2011.
Mr. Broadhead was a graduate of Cambridge University and was a Spitfire fighter pilot in WWII for the Roayal Air Forceas well as an agent for the British Secret Service.
He was a member of Gladeville United Methodist Church, the Pierce Co. Sheriffs Posse, the rodeo circuit and the Wilson County Grand Squares.
Services were conducted by Pastor Mark Youngman.
Survivors include: his Wife of 20 years Janie Grace Broadhead; daughter Andrea (Ken) Maaske; step-children Christy (Mike) Davis, Richard (Dawn) Andrews and Jeff (Nicole) Andrews; sisters Deliene (Joe) Green, Winnie (Ray) Moore, Freda Cooke and Joy (Allen) Grant; as well as nine grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren and two great, great grandsons
Mr. Broadhead was the son of the late Harry V. and Edna Parker Broadhead.
He was also preceded in death by sons Gerald Broadhead and Graham Broadhead; siblings Kath Dyson, Eric Broadhead and Frank Broadhead.
Memorials may be made to The Leukemia Society, 404 BNA Dr., Suite 102, Nashville, 37217 or Gladeville United Methodist Church, 8770 Stewarts Ferry Pk., Gladeville, 37071.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

Roland D. Crutcher, 60

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Oct. 31 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Crutcher, 60, of Lebanon.
Born August 1, 1951, in Davidson County, he died Oct. 27, 2011, at the St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.
The son of Nell Watson Crutcher of Lebanon and the late Earl Thomas Tommy Crutcher, he was a member of Rocky Valley Baptist Church. Mr. Crutcher was a television technician having owned ED-CO TV and also worked at Chaffin TV for many years.
Services were conducted by Pastor John Hunn. Interment followed at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include: his wife Sandra Park Crutcher; children Rebekah Crutcher of Buford, GA; Morgan Crutcher of Pace, FL; Andy Crutcher of Lebanon; and Chris (Crystal) Park of Clarksville; siblings Brenda (Louis) Myrick, Donna Crutcher, Sherry (Mike) Ashey -- all of Lebanon; and William (Regina) Crutcher of Columbia.
Also surviving are grandchildren Lauren Hackett, C. J. Park and Kayla Park; nieces Anna & Emily Jarosinki; nephews Michael & Brian Ashey, Justin Boswell, and John Thomas Jarosinki; great nieces Cloe Dillard & Emma Ashey.
Honorary pallbearers: Dalton Chaffin, Ralph Carter, Abe Reeves, Larry Parkerson and Johnny Allison.
Active pallbearers: Michael & Brian Ashey, William Harold Boyd, Doug Jennings, Chris Park & Justin Boswell.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.


Ask Ken Beck

Dick Van Dyke living a Lucky Life

Dear Ken: What is Dick Van Dyke up to these days?

Van Dyke, who was born in West Plains, Mo., and grew up in Danville, Ill., turns 86 in December. Earlier this year he co-starred on the stage with his brother, Jerry, in The Sunshine Boys, and he has a singing group, The Vantastix. Im always announcing my retirement. I'm still not retired, says the man with four Emmys, a Grammy and a Tony. He exercises daily, is proud of his four kids: Chris, Barry, Stacy and Carrie Beth. And he has a girlfriend about 45 years less his age. Of his classic Dick Van Dyke Show, he says, It was just a party for five years. There was so much creativity. I never had so much fun. Earlier this year he released his autobiography, My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business. TV Land recently began airing his 1961-1966 TV series at 6 p.m. weekdays as the show celebrates its 50thanniversary. During those five years, the happiest ever, we were like otters at play. Carl (Reiner) chose to wrap it while we were ontop. Who does that today? And how many 50-year-old shows still get this much attention? he said. The sitcom revolved around Rob Petrie (Van Dyke), a comedy writer for the fictional The Alan Brady Show, and his life at home with wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) and his life at the office with his wacky coworkers Sally (Rose Marie) and Buddy (Morey Amsterdam). Carl Reiner was the creator, head writer and producer for the series.

Dear Ken: Why is Christopher Meloni no longer on Law & Order: SVU?


Wilson Living

Wilson Living Today, November 2, 2011

The days seem to be moving at a snails pace lately. Its probably because we are so excited about the 3rd Annual Holiday Expo coming up in just two weeks. We kick off this year with a Gala the night before the expo opens to the public on Thursday, November 17th from 6pm-8:30pm. You can purchase tickets online at or at area Wilson Bank and Trust locations. Breakfasts with Santa tickets are available for purchase at Painturos in Lebanon and Mt. Juliet as well as Gifts on Main. There are only 60 tickets left so dont delay. For more information on Breakfast with Santa tickets call 418-1200.


"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

My Bid for 11-02-11

The mysterious vanishing act that is Titans running back Chris Johnson continues to escape logic.How does the one-time fastest running back in the NFL change from a thoroughbred into a Clydesdale?Johnson has no burst, no acceleration even on those rare occasions when he finds himself in space.

Cynics claim Johnsons wallet is slowing him down. I guess lugging $53.5 million around would get tiresome.Former Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth took his money and ran. Johnson took his money and he cant run, at least the way he did two years ago.

Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck played at Seattle with former Alabama running back Shaun Alexander. Alexander was headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.He peaked in 2005 when he ran for 1,880 yards. The Seahawks rewarded him with an 8-year, $62 million contract. It was guaranteed for $15.1 million, and the team paid him $15 million in the first year of the new contract. At the time, it made Alexander the NFLs highest paid running back.

I see a lot of similarity, Hasselbeck said Sunday. Just in terms of when youre so successful and you produce in such a major way with Fantasy Football and all of that stuff and people are just expecting it to happen.

Alexander broke his foot three weeks into the 2006 season. It began a decline that escalated when Alexander fractured a wrist and suffered a sprained knee and ankle in 2007.He was cut in April of 2008 and the Redskins cut him after four games and 11 carries that year and he was out of the league, just three years after having his best season.

Its hard to be that elite all the time, so people got on him real quick, real easy, Hasselbeck said of Alexander. He probably got a little too much credit when things were good and definitely got too much blame when things were bad.

Fans at LP Field and those watching on flatscreens across the country see a different Chris Johnson. The boo-birds are in full throat.When asked, Johnson denies losing a step. He claims to be the same runner he was when he piled up 2,006 yards two seasons ago.

He averaged 125.4 yards a game in 2009. It dropped to 85.2 yards a game last season and is now averaging 43.1 yards a game -- 2.8 yards per carry. That, my friends, is pedestrian. Thats a mule crashing the Kentucky Derby field.

Even if he came back out of shape, Johnson has had seven games to get his mojo back. He may be regressing, as the Colts came into the game ranked second to last in run defense. New Orleans piled up 557 yards and 62 points a week before the Colts arrived at LP Field.

And, Johnson was shown up Sunday by Colts quarterback Curtis Painter, who lumbered 79 yards on just seven runs for his life. Johnson managed 34 yards on 14 carries.

Its something we have to get going if we want to continue to win and make the playoffs. Our goal is to win the Super Bowl, Johnson said.

To use one of former NFL coach Jim Moras legendary rants: Playoffs? Youre talking about playoffs? Playoffs?

Mora faced reality. Im not sure Chris Johnson has.

Sports Columnist Joe Biddle can be contacted at


General Sports

CU opens season 2-0

Cumberlands mens basketball team will host a pair of home games Thursday and Friday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs, 2-0 after opening the season with wins over Fisk and Hiwassee, will entertain Bryan College Thursday and 17th-ranked St. Catharine College on Friday, both at 7 p.m.

CU 81, Fisk 60 (men) -- Kyle Upton hit three 3-pointers and scored 12 points in the first half Jerret Towns added a dozen points as well, leading four Cumberland players in double figures in an 81-60 victory over Fisk University in mens basketball action Monday night at the Floyd Center.

Eleven of the 13 Bulldogs who played in the contest scored, including six players with nine or more points.

CU took advantage of 20 Fisk miscues, turning those into 25 points, and netted 36 points in the paint thanks to a height advantage in the front court.

Both teams started slowly but the Bulldogs used a 19-8 run over eight minutes to open a 36-20 advantage with 4:41 remaining in the first half. Upton started the spurt with a 3-pointer and Michael Sweat and Andrew Ayodeji each hit a trifecta to end the run.

But Fisk fought back before the half, scoring 10 of the final 13 points before the break, including a 3-pointer from Cameron Lewis and a driving layup by Darrell Miller.

CU took a 39-30 lead to intermission.

Cumberland started the second half on a 10-0 run thanks to eight straight points from Towns, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Lamar Brinkley and Charles Stewart each finished with 11 points for the Bulldogs, while Sweat and Johnny Williams both collected nine points.

Sweat led CU with nine rebounds and Brinkley added six caroms, while Williams posted five assists and Stewart had four.

Cumberland turned the ball over just 13 times in the game and handed out 18 assists.

CU women thump Fisk

LEBANON -- Sarah Collins scored 21 points and Courtney Atkinson added 15, both in their Cumberland debuts, and the Bulldogs scored 36 points off turnovers in a 74-39 season-opening victory over Fisk University in womens basketball action Monday at the Floyd Center.

Collins netted the first eight points of the game for the Bulldogs, as CU jumped out to 14-2 and 20-5 leads in the first nine minutes of the contest.

Casie Cowan and Madison Pavan hit 3-pointers later in the half and the Bulldogs handed out 13 assists on 16 field goals en route to a 40-16 advantage at intermission.

With added depth at nearly every position Cumberland also debuted a high-pressure defense, extending to full-court and half-court at times.

Fisk committed 30 turnovers in the contest, with the Bulldogs scoring 36 points off those miscues.

Collins and Katie Smith, who scored nine points, also led a big inside scoring attack for CU, as the Bulldogs posted 46 points in the paint.

Samantha Harper came off the bench to post a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Simona Newman led Fisk with 11 points and Tiffany Wynn added nine.

Cumberland (1-0) plays Georgetown College and the University of Rio Grande in the Habitat Classic at Georgetown College this weekend.

Fridays game against the host Tigers starts at 7 p.m. Central Time and Saturdays contest begins at 2 p.m.

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